Culinary Institute of the Pacific Receives “Major Gift” from King’s Hawaiian for key rental

The University of Hawaii Foundation said it received an additional $ 1.1 million from King’s Hawaiian and other foundations this fiscal year to support the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head.

A “major gift” from King’s Hawaiian will fund the appointment of a director for the institute’s advanced culinary education programs, according to the UH Foundation. The institute assumes that filling this position will begin this year.

“The generous gift from King’s Hawaiian will help us recruit and equip a distinguished leader to advance the CIP in Diamond Head’s dynamic program and enable us to compete as a world-class culinary education institution,” said Erika Lacro, UH vice president for Community colleges, in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming a culinary market leader who lives from innovation and collaboration and, with Aloha, is committed to sustainability and leadership.”

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific is a progressive, unique culinary campus with global reach that emphasizes the islands’ cultural diversity, according to the UH.

Last October there was a blessing for the second phase of construction, which will include a one-of-a-kind restaurant, demonstration auditorium, and culinary innovation center, which is expected to be completed in the fall of next year.

The restaurant would be open for dinner year round and would be available for breakfast and lunch for special, private events. Community members are invited to celebrate weddings, graduations, and other special occasions that used to be held on the former Cannon Club grounds.

An outside terrace next to the restaurant would offer a flexible study and dining room.

The second phase of construction was funded from $ 20 million in government funds and $ 10 million in private support.

“We are grateful to all of our donors who have played a leading role in bringing our state’s CIP dream to life,” said Tim Dolan, UH Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the UH Foundation, in the press release. “Your philanthropic investments will educate and refine the skills of the next generation of culinary entrepreneurs and build Hawaii’s economic prosperity and post-pandemic resilience.”

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